New Delhi: The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has said no one should indulge in character assassination of the victim just as the accused should not be pronounced guilty before a fair trial. Also Read - Month After Gangrape & Murder of Dalit Woman, 4-Year-Old Raped by Cousin in Hathras

The court, which took up the matter suo motu, is hearing the statements of both the Uttar Pradesh government and the family of the 19-year-old Dalit woman, who died last month after brutality and alleged gangrape in Hathras, while examining the role of the police in the matter, including the secret cremation. Also Read - Hathras Case: Victim’s Father Unwell, Not Willing to go to Hospital, Says Official

Earlier on Monday, the court reportedly chided the UP Police for cremating the woman’s body in the middle of the night. Also Read - Hathras Case: Victim's Kin, UP Government Officials Appear Before HC; Next Hearing on November 2

According to the counsel for the victim’s family, the Bench of Justices Pankaj Mithal and Rajan Roy asked ADG (Law and Order), Prashant Kumar, if he would have allowed his daughter to be cremated the same way? The court also questioned if the police action would have been similar if the victim came from a rich family, the counsel told media after the hearing.

The HC bench had summoned UP Additional Chief Secretary, DGP, Hathras DM and SP, apart from the ADG (Law and Order). The victim’s family also appeared before the court to record their statement.

The victim’s family urged the court to transfer the case out of the state as they ‘did not have faith in the local authorities’. They requested for security till the end of the judicial procedure and also demanded that reports of CBI be kept confidential.